Over the last week, I’ve been trying to eat a lot of salad, including a variety of greens and vegetables. Thanks to a dear friend and work partner who feeds me whenever I work at her house, I discovered a new and delicious green that I had never heard of – mache, also known as lamb’s lettuce and corn salad. It’s a revelation.
I noticed the first day I had a bowl of this at her house that I felt good. I had a noticeably higher energy level. I also noticed something peculiar – a change in my symptoms. While some of them are difficult to measure, one result of the kidney problems, persistent hematuria, is pretty easy to track. At the time, I thought it was a coincidence that it got better that day. Later the next day, I could tell things were back to normal. I went to her house the following day, ate another salad loaded with mache and low and behold, it got better again and I felt good. I decided I’d better do some research and see if something in this beautiful and tasty little lettuce was helping me.
I discovered that this mild, nutty-flavored lettuce is a powerhouse of nutrients. It has a third more iron than spinach; one serving provides enough vitamin A and B9 to fill your daily requirement, and almost all the vitamin C as well as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. It’s also a good source of Omega 3s – pretty impressive for a lettuce.
While I can’t be 100% positive that it’s the reason for my new energy level, I intend to include it in my daily diet just in case. I’ve felt so much better over the last few days that people are commenting over it – I even had someone tell me in a phone call that I sounded better than I had in a long time. Something good is going on, and I’m going to enjoy it (and keep eating my salad).
Give this little green a try – you’ll enjoy the flavor and you can’t beat the nutrition!